Well-known building in the Augusta skyline getting makeover

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- It's a staple of the Augusta skyline, but this nearly 50-year-old SunTrust building is about to be renovated.

The Senior Vice President of Broad and Eleventh Street LLC., Ryan Downs said the company that bought the 135,000 square foot historic building in November and he said it's getting a New York style makeover.

"The model that we are using is what was done with the Empire State Building," Down said. "It was older, compartmentalized office suites that really when you step out the elevator you didn't get the size of the space. You didn't get any light."

Starting with the lobbys they are refinishing the marble walls and terrazo floors, and turning the ceiling into a piece of art.

"It will have a really neat design that takes your eyes from the door when you walk in all the way back to the elevator lobby and opens the space up for us," Downs said.

Working their way up, Downs said they will be updating some suites and demolishing others, but all eleven stories promise a view in every office space.

"Tenants come in who are interested in having a unique and totally customizable space," Downs said.

Suites range from 2,000 square feet to 20,000 square feet.

"Those will be more of your open work space, you may have some recreational area with ping pong tables or pool tables, and conference rooms and meeting areas for people instead of having individual offices," Downs said.

The leasing agent, Parker Dye said the building won't only offer great work spaces but location

"The main draws here at SunTrust are the large floor plates, your restaurants are all within a short walking distances, the river is right behind us," Downs said.

The building is 60 percent full right, but Dye said they have a number of interested tenants looking to move their business in, including some potential cyber tenants.